CASA of Oklahoma County’s thorough training process provides the volunteer with in-depth information about the courts and case dynamics. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the implementation of training is being reviewed constantly to ensure a quality learning environment while following policy safety guidelines for social distancing. Currently our training is completely virtual and lasts for six weeks. We will adjust the learning experience to live classes again as health and safety policies allow.

 Please contact our Recruitment Director for more information on our training options.

2020/2021 Training Schedule

At the beginning of a training session, an online classroom is open to each participant where they can devote at least three hours a week to complete work on their own. The online classroom includes message boards, individual reading, and videos. Additionally, once a week the participant meets with the entire class to cover what has been learned individually. These trainings take place two hours a week on either Tuesday evenings or Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30.

The upcoming training schedule is below:

Session 4: Online work is distributed on Monday, November 2nd our classes take place on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

SESSION 4

Tuesdays 5:30-7:30

Thursday 5:30- 7:30

Zoom class 1

*November 3rd (one hour welcome class)

*November 5th (one hour welcome class)

Zoom class 2

November 10th

November 12th

Zoom class 3

November 17th

November 19th

Zoom class 4

December 1st

December 3rd

Zoom class 5

December 8th

December 10th

Zoom class 6

December 15th

December 17th

Session 1 (2021): Online work is distributed on Monday, January 4th our classes take place on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

SESSION 1

Tuesdays 5:30-7:30

Thursday 5:30- 7:30

Zoom class 1

*January 5th (one hour welcome class)

*January 7th (one hour welcome class)

Zoom class 2

January 12th

January 14th

Zoom class 3

January 19th

January 21st

Zoom class 4

January 26th

January 28th

Zoom class 5

February 2nd

February 4th

Zoom class 6

February 9th

February 11th

 

SESSION 2

Tuesdays 6:00-8:00

Thursday 6:00- 8:00

Zoom class 1

*February 16th  (one hour welcome class)

*February 18th  (one hour welcome class)

Zoom class 2

February 23rd

February 25th

Zoom class 3

March 2nd

March 4th

Zoom class 4

March 9th

March 11th

Zoom class 5

March 16th

March 18th

Zoom class 6

March 23rd

March 25th

 

SESSION 3

Tuesdays 5:30-7:30

Thursday 5:30- 7:30

Zoom class 1

*April 6th  (one hour welcome class)

*April 8th  (one hour welcome class)

Zoom class 2

April 13th

April 15th

Zoom class 3

April 20th

April 22nd

Zoom class 4

April 27th

April 29th

Zoom class 5

May 4th

May 6th

Zoom class 6

May 11th

May 13th

 

SESSION 4

Tuesdays 5:30-7:30

Thursday 5:30- 7:30

Zoom class 1

*May 11th  (one hour welcome class)

*May 13th  (one hour welcome class)

Zoom class 2

May 18th

May 20th

Zoom class 3

May 25th

May 27th

Zoom class 4

June 1st

June 3rd

Zoom class 5

June 8th

June 10th

Zoom class 6

June 15th

June 17th

For answers to your specific questions about training please go to the contact tab of this website, add your information, and submit a question.

Continuing Training

After becoming a volunteer, additional training is required annually in compliance with national standard. In-service formal training is available quarterly to help volunteers meet the twelve hours of continuing education annually.  This is a great way for practicing advocate volunteers to keep their basic skills sharp and to provide a more in-depth study of critical issues relating to child abuse and neglect. In-service and other trainings can be found on our calendar.

Training Details

National CASA standards state that new volunteers must complete 30 hours of pre-service training before being sworn in as an officer of the court. These classes consist of discussion, individual activities, and group activities with videos, debates, and reading to complement the adult learning experience.  Classes also include a case study which is based on real-world situations that provide new volunteers with opportunities to help them understand what it’s like to advocate for children in the child welfare system.

Court observation gives these new volunteers an opportunity to sit in on actual court hearings that take place in Oklahoma County. Volunteers witness what a hearing may look like when it is their time to attend one for their own CASA child. Due to COVID restrictions at this time new volunteers are not able to participate in court observations, however the court experience is still covered in training and individually with the advocate supervisor.

The volunteer is emailed pre-work regularly that they are expected to review prior to coming to the next class. The pre-work consists primarily of reading so that, during class, rich discussion can take place on topics like substance abuse statistics, or resources available for LGBTQ youth. In addition to reading, the volunteer may be asked to do some independent research like the poverty guidelines for families in Oklahoma.